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Peace Without Arms: Viable Option or Far-Fetched Ideal?
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Political Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that a State can reconstruct it’s own politics in such a way

that allows for more reliance on conflict resolving international organizations and

institutions and can reduce the need for military force and/or power politics. Accordingly,

the complexities of the security dilemma can be reduced or eliminated. I utilize a single

case study approach that analyzes the 2010 territorial conflict known as the ‘Isla Calero’

dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Using both an inductive approach and semistructured interviews, this paper analyzes how the dispute was settled without the use of power politics. It is argued that Costa Rica was able to halt the cycle of the security

dilemma through their decision to demilitarize. Moreover, I argue that Costa Rica’s

approach is relevant and applicable to other states and could contribute to successful

conflict resolution between States without the use of power politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Security Dilemma, Isla Calero, Conflict Resolution, Peace, Demilitarization, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24365DiVA: diva2:1074898
Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16

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